Games of Venus: An Anthology of Greek and Roman Erotic Verse from Sappho to Ovid

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Overview

Recent attacks on contemporary art have portrayed the erotic content of works by Robert Mapplethorpe and others as if it were a deviation from the Western artistic tradition. On the contrary, there is a rich tradition of eroticism in the arts beginning with the erotic verse of ancient Greek and Roman poets.

Games of Venus, the first comprehensive anthology in English of ancient Greek and Roman erotic verse, revives this tradition for the modern reader.

Games of Venus presents the whole spectrum of erotic poetry from Sappho to Ovid in translations which evoke the full range of styles and tones present in the original Greek and Latin.

Brief biographical sketches accompany the work of each poet as do notes referring to the myths, geography, historical events, personages, and sexual and social customs mentioned in the verse.

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The rich Western tradition of eroticism in the arts is well- represented in this comprehensive anthology of ancient Greek and Roman erotic verse--introduced, translated, and annotated by editors Bing and Cohen. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415902618
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Bing is Associate Professor of Classics at Emory University. He is the author of The Well-Read Muse (1988), and translator of Homo Necans (1983). Rip Cohen has taught Classics and Romance Languages at the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

GREECE: Archilochus Alkman Mimnermos Sappho Ibycus Anacreon Theognis Hipponax Pindar Bacchylides Miscellaneous Lyric and Inscriptions Hermesianax Asclepiades Callimachus Theocritus Herodas Machon The Grenfell Papyrus from Marisa Anonymous Song Anonymous Epigrams Meleager ROME: Catullus Virgil Horace Tibullus Sulpicia Propertius Ovid
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